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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Diamond's primary question in Chapter 7?
(a) How hunter-gathereres found food
(b) Why domesticated animals became extinct
(c) How ancient farmers domesticated plants
(d) Why hunter-gatherers adopted plant production

2. What is one explanation that Diamond gives for why food production didn't begin earlier in some ecologically better areas?
(a) The environment in the area was too poor for farming.
(b) People weren't intelligent enough to figure it out.
(c) There was some problem with the wild plants available.
(d) There were no large mammals available.

3. What infectious disease played a role in the European conquest of the Americas?
(a) Cancer
(b) Ringworm
(c) AIDS
(d) Smallpox

4. Some people argue that examining domination leads to what type of focus?
(a) Cultural
(b) Historical
(c) Eurocentric
(d) Asiatic

5. Domesticated animals need to have what type of disposition?
(a) Dangerous
(b) Wild
(c) Nervous
(d) Calm

Short Answer Questions

1. When were the Polynesian islands settled?

2. Which of the following did the inhabitants of the Polynesian islands not share?

3. Some people have argued that those living in warm, humid climates were inhibited in their development by what?

4. Plant and animal domestication led to which of the following?

5. When did the history of humans begin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Diamond object to many of the traditional views on the uneven distribution of wealth and power?

2. Did hunter-gatherers adopt the crops and agriculture from neighboring groups or did invaders bring with them the knowledge and crops?

3. What is one new piece of information that has come to light since Diamond's work was first published?

4. Why does Diamond believe that a shift in climate is not the best explanation for the mass extinctions of animals?

5. Why did Eurasia have an advantage in the domestication of animals?

6. How is climate used as an explanation for the uneven distribution of wealth and power?

7. What is surprising about where food production developed early?

8. What are several stages in the development of plant domestication? Which plants were domesticated in each stage?

9. Why was a north-south axis a disadvantage in the domestication of plants?

10. How does the shift to sedentary lifestyles change societies?

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